What’s she like then?
Enthusiastic about exploring the relationship between the everyday gritty detail and the wider picture in all its beautiful complexity and in helping others to find out what it means for them to be part of it.
Passionate about learning and supporting others on their learning journeys. She believes that there is always more we can learn about ourselves, those around us and the world at large and that holding a positive attitude towards learning helps us to keep our minds open and our sense of awe engaged. Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
Inventive and playful – expect to have your imagination stretched and to employ both sides of your brain, whether problem solving, innovating, interacting or undertaking an experiential learning activity.
Tenacious and challenging, Carole understands the light and shade that exists in humanity’s complex relationship with itself and the more than human world. She is practiced in helping individuals and groups to tread lightly through deep explorations of what it means for them to practice sustainability in a complex system.
What’s she done?
An environmental scientist, sustainability practitioner and marketing professional, Carole has more than 35 years’ experience working in and with businesses and organisations of all sizes, across many sectors.
She has worked with both UK Government and EU programmes on investigating and developing alternative business models to support the shift towards a low carbon, circular economy and has developed a change programme methodology to support business transitions from linear to circular working.
She set up her business, Carbon Data Resources, 23 years ago specialising in environment and sustainability and in supporting organisations to understand and work with natural systems. Her focus has been on promoting attitudinal shifts, stimulating behavioural change and developing operational and communications strategies around sustainability issues in organisations across all sectors.
She has worked with corporates such as Unilever, B&Q and Carillion with public sector organisations such as the Environment Agency, professional and academic institutions such as the University of Cambridge and Ashridge Business School, Government departments such as the DTI and DEFRA,
including the Envirowise programme, Government funded bodies such as Business Links and NGOs such as The Eden Project.
Carole has instigated, developed and delivered a number of business focussed resource efficiency, circular economy and climate change initiatives, corporate sustainability programmes and cross sectoral partnerships and has extensive experience and understanding of facilitating groups in a range of contexts including management of change, action learning and action research.
She is skilled in working with voluntary and statutory standards and codes of practice, and of using market mechanisms, including supply chain drivers to influence change.
Carole is Sustainability Ambassador for the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the South West and is passionate about the role that marketers have to play in delivering sustainability. She is founding member of a number of business sustainability fora, including the Association of Sustainability Practitioners and is a sought after facilitator, lecturer and speaker on sustainability issues.
Why does she bother?
Because in a world system challenged by a perfect storm of issues including resource scarcity and insecurity, low carbon imperatives, climate uncertainty and supply chain volatility businesses will only thrive into the long term if they get smart at working with complexity.
Because there’s no longer any place for waste of either human or natural capital and companies that are prepared to think beyond traditional commercial models and eradicate wasteful practices will be the ones that flourish.
Because to address these changes companies need to explicitly recognise the more than human world and to develop ways of thinking and acting that take them beyond a mechanistic worldview to address the reality of a systems paradigm.
Because she believes this is all possible through the innate power of individuals and organisations to act as agents of change and transformation.
Is she qualified?
One of the earliest environmental scientists to qualify to degree level in the UK.
She has worked in and for a number of key business sectors, has set up and run new businesses and advised many more.
She is a long term Chartered Marketer and Sustainability Ambassador for the Chartered Institute of Marketing
She holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath for her work on language and gender in sustainability.
Her work on sustainability and marketing has been published as part of University of Bath’s Environmental Research Agenda series.
Carole is also a jazz singer, storyteller, choir teacher and aspiring sax player and loves owning boisterous dogs.
Some quotes to know her by…
Everything is composed of a subatomic flux of wavelets and particles, chaos and pattern.
Boundaries are fluid. Possibilities are endless. Unrelated separateness is an illusion. Interconnectedness is reality. Process is all.
Revise your perceptions, concepts, and life accordingly.
Charlene Spretnak (States of Grace)
Once there was a great forest fire, and all the birds and animals rushed to escape. Little Humming Bird went to the river and collected a drop of water. The other birds laughed. ‘What are you doing?’ they asked. She replied, ‘I’m doing what I can.’
Native American Proverb
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Even after all this time
The Sun never says to the Earth ‘You owe me’
Look what happens with a love like that
It lights the whole sky.
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.
Martin Luther King Jr. (Dec. 24, 1967)